Central Germany

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  My second castles tour in Germany was River Castles Tour: The German Rivers Rhine, Moselle, Neckar and Main and their Castles.  Many of the highlights were clustered along the Upper Middle Rhine region that's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This part features the rivers, their scenic valleys and charming small towns, and the ancient castles built to protect and control them.  Also Cologne, the medieval walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Residenz palace at Würzburg, and both the old and new parts of Frankfurt.

The link to the Pictures File is below the Sample Images.  A Route Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and printable forms.

Quick Start: Central-Germany.pdf

Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

The Rhine at Rudesheim

The Rhine at Rüdesheim

Burg Rheinstein, Trechtinghausen

Burg Rheinstein, Trechtingshausen

Marksburg Castle, above Braubach

Marksburg, above Braubach

The German Corner, Koblenz

The German Corner, Koblenz

Cologne skyline


Burg Eltz, Moselle Valley

Burg Eltz, Moselle Valley

City Gate, Heidelberg


Rathaus Square, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber



Link to Pictures File


You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.


Route Map

The Castles Tour started in Frankfurt, went directly to the Rhine River at Rüdesheim, and then north along the Rhine.  The tour went west to the Moselle Valley, then south to Heidelberg, and clockwise to Rothenburg, Würzburg, and Frankfurt.

A package of printable Germany Maps is available if you wish paper copies to follow along.

Norway route map

Table of Contents

Here is the table of contents from the PDF file.  If you wish a printed copy to target your browsing you can use  Germany Printable Contents.

Contents   2
Introduction   3
Map   4
Rhine River  
Rüdesheim   5
Rhine Valley  18
St. Goar  40
Burg Rheinfels  42
Marksburg  54
Koblenz  62
Ehrenbreitstein  65
Cologne  72
Moselle River  
Burg Eltz  76
Cochem  81
Trier  83
Neckar River  
Heidelberg  89
Neckar Valley  98
Main River & Tributaries  
Rothenburg 100
Würzburg 109
Frankfurt 116
Frankfurt Airport 128
End 136